Fluid-mediated selective dissolution of subducting carbonaceous material: Implications for carbon recycling and fluid fluxes at forearc depths

Brovarone, Alberto Vitale; Tumiati, Simone; Piccoli, Francesca; Ague, Jay J; Connolly, James A; Beyssac, Olivier (2020). Fluid-mediated selective dissolution of subducting carbonaceous material: Implications for carbon recycling and fluid fluxes at forearc depths. Chemical geology, 549, p. 119682. Elsevier 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2020.119682

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Subduction of crustal C governs the long-term global C cycling. The role of carbonates recycling in subduction zones and the related dissolution of C at various depths have been the subject of a large body of literature over the last decades. Much less is known about the contribution of carbonaceous material (CM) to the deep C cycling in subduction zones. This paper presents natural evidence for intense fluid-mediated leaching of CM in pelitic schists at high-pressure/low-temperature conditions relevant to the forearc region of subducting slabs. Manifestations of such process were identified along fluid pathways at various scales in the blueschist-facies subduction complexes of both Alpine Corsica and the Western Alps. Microstructural, whole-rock and Raman analyses across a selected metasomatic aureole were used to quantify the amount and mechanisms of C loss during fluid-rock interaction. In samples affected by intense fluid infiltration, >90% of the initial CM was removed from the rock. Microstructural and micro-Raman data indicate selective leaching of disordered CM relative to nearly crystalline graphite. The collected data allowed constraining the magnitude of fluid fluxes required to bleach the studied CM-bearing lithologies at different P-T-fO2 conditions, which corresponds to rather high time-integrated fluid fluxes in the order of ~106 m3/m2. In settings of large-scale fluid channelization, such as along regional-scale, lithological/tectonic boundaries or at the top of the subducted sedimentary pile, intense dissolution of subducted CM is expected. This process may thus exert a negative feedback on the sink of C phases into the deep mantle over the geological timescales and contribute to the release of isotopically light C from subducting slabs in forearc regions.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences > Rock-Water Interaction

UniBE Contributor:

Piccoli, Francesca

Subjects:

500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology

ISSN:

0009-2541

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Francesca Piccoli

Date Deposited:

12 Jun 2020 17:27

Last Modified:

14 Jun 2020 02:53

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.chemgeo.2020.119682

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.144412

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/144412

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